Parenting is hard work. It takes more time than we have and more energy than we can possibly imagine. So when you are parenting with a chronic illness, such as Crohn’s Disease, there are some extra precautions that are necessary to stay healthy.
I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2007 at the age of 19. By 2009, I needed major abdominal surgery to give me my life back. The risks included the possibility of infertility. At 21 years of age, I wasn’t thinking about settling down or having a family so it was a no brainer—do the surgery. Fast forward 7 years and my husband and I were ready to have children. My disease was mostly under control, but we had no idea if I’d be able to conceive or not. Too many strong woman with this exact illness try for years or find other ways to conceive (IVF, IUI, Surrogacy). However, that is not my story; we were blessed to have no trouble conceiving not only one baby, but two.